I never thought it was a real problem...until this past holiday break when my insomnia had reached an all-time peak...I'd stay up late, at least until 11pm, and then wake up an hour or two later, only to force myself back to sleep around 4am. While this was okay during a break, it was not going to work once we went back to school and I needed a solution. So, without over analyzing or searching the internet, I came up with my own solution.
Nighttime Routine's Aren't Just for Kids
1. Take a hot, relaxing shower approximately 45 minutes before my proposed bed time - sometimes sooner, depending upon the day I have had (example: craptastic day = 6pm, good day = 8:30pm). I use this absolutely delicious shower gel made by Bath & Body Works Sleepy Time Tea, followed up by the matching lotion when I get out and towel off. I smell yummy & feel like I have washed away the day - good or bad, it's like a fresh start for a great night's sleep.
2.* Brew a yummy mug of **Celestial Seasonings brand of "Sleepy Time Tea" and drink about 30 minutes before I actually want to fall asleep - I usually drink it while I am reading a book.
3. All electronics are turned off approximately 30 minutes prior to be going to the bedroom. My cell phone now charges in the kitchen because I do not have enough self-control to NOT check FB when I wake up in the middle of the night. Plus I read somewhere that it is bad feng shui to have electronic devices in your bedroom - thus the reason we no longer have a TV in our bedroom.
4. Read a good book for a 15-30 minutes. This and saying my prayers before bed has always been a part of my nightly routine - the difference is that now I am physically relaxed & ready to let my mind relax too, making the process all the more enjoyable.
Results: Holy Wah, It Works!
*Note: If I skip a step it is the tea - but not for more than one day because the next night I end up have restless leg issues and can't relax.
**Celestial Seasoning's "Sleepy Time Tea" can be found in just about any grocery store or drug store - I bought mine at a local Walgreens, less than $4 a box.